Recent Fire Damage Posts

Residential Fire Damage

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 256-233-4033

Residential Fire Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage that started on the stove in the kitchen. The smoke quickly spread throughout the entire home.

A fire in your home or business is always hard to handle emotionally and physically.  There are often so many "what if's" that run through your mind, but how do you figure out where to start once the fire is put out and the smoke clears. What is on your list of things to do?  How quickly can you get you home restored to its original state? Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is here to help. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. With the many years of experience, and our certified crews on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all you need to know is SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties will help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Residential Fire Damage

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage This fire was caused by a faulty sewing machine. The sewing room is the room in the picture.

After fire ravages your home, fear and uncertainty along with stress and doubt about the future of your home start to set in. Cleanup after a fire can be very stressful. Let us take the stress of cleanup from you. Our technicians are highly trained in fire mitigation. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is here to help restore your home. With our industry approved training, rapid response, professionalism, and open communication, we strive not only to restore your home but also give you peace of mind.

Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (256) 233-4033. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties has the tools and experience to make your home "Like it never even happened".

SERVPRO came in and packed the home so that salvageable items  and the rest of the structure could be cleaned.

Soot covered bathroom

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot covered bathroom Soot covered bathroom

This is what happens when soot travels throughout an entire home. The fire was on the opposite end of the house and yet this bathroom was covered in soot. We were able to clean it and make it look "Like it never even happened."

Tips for your home:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open lids away from your face, to prevent burns from hot steam.

Attic Fire

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Attic Fire Attic Fire

Faulty wiring in a home caused the wires in the attic to catch on fire. The ceiling and insulation had to be completely torn out and replaced. SERVPRO was able to demo the ceiling and insulation to get this home ready to be re-built.

After a fire, significant restoration may be necessary to make your home safe again. Fortunately, we have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore your home

Fire and smoke damage can have lasting, dangerous effects if not properly resolved. Smoke and soot can seep into fabric, carpeting, and more. Additionally, your HVAC system can spread smoke and soot into areas not otherwise affected by the fire.

Our technicians are trained in the following services and more:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning
  • Odor Control
  • HVAC Services

Residential kitchen fire

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential kitchen fire This fire started on the stove in the kitchen. SERVPRO was able to clean the soot from the home and get rid of the odor from the smoke.

In most cases, it does not matter where a fire originates in a home, the entire home could end up being affected. Soot is very difficult to clean and should not be done without taking the proper steps. Here are some tips:

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets throughout your home.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place towels on carpet traffic areas. Use dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit damage.
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator. If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
  • Wipe soot from chrome. Clean soot from chrome kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then apply a light coating of petroleum jelly to protect surfaces.
  • Wash houseplants. Wipe down both sides of leaves on your houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filters. Change your filters, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Cover HVAC intakes. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of your HVAC system.

DON'T:

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces. First contact SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. Before cleaning carpets by yourself, call us at 360-243-8313.
  • Clean any electrical appliances. TV sets, computers and other electronics that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water need to be looked at by an authorized repair service.
  • Consume food and beverages. Food and beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water, may be contaminated.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures. If the ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock.
  • Dry clean clothing. Improper cleaning may set smoke odors. Make sure you use a service that knows how to remove soot and smoke from clothing.

Residential Dryer Fire

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Dryer Fire Laundry room dryer fire

It is very important that you make sure to clean the lint trap in your dryer frequently. Lint build up can cause the dryer in your home to catch fire. This fire could have been a lot worse if the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire.

When a fire quickly rips through your business or home, there are many factors to consider. The numerous steps are overwhelming on a practical, mental, and emotional level. Once you’ve made sure that everyone is safe, that 911 has been called, and that the fire has been put out, it’s time to let SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties take some of the burden off your shoulders. By calling us as soon as possible is what can help save your belongings from the devastating effects of fire damage.

Some of your belongings can certainly be saved from the after–effects of a fire and it’s important to responsibly start the process right away. Once you’ve been given the “go ahead” from your local fire department, you should begin an inventory in your property. Soot and smoke from the fire can immediately begin to rust, discolor, and stain your walls, floors, textiles, porous surfaces, and metal objects. The oils and acid in the soot will begin to erode materials quickly and the oils will make it stick to surfaces. 

Burn Marks and Stains In Your Home

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Burn Marks and Stains In Your Home Fire Burn Marks and Stains

Even if burns are not very deep, fire can leave obvious visual blemishes across a home. Stains and burn marks can happen to any material, from wallpaper to wood to glass to laminate, and each of these materials and types of burns can require a different approach to clean up properly. This complicated burning result is why many companies fail to adequately solve the problem: they simply lack the training or equipment necessary to handle a broad array of situations. SERVPRO technicians are trained extensively and have access to a franchise supply of tools to ensure that every job gets done right the first time. We are also part of a national network for disaster mitigation.

Superficial Burn Marks
Many burns from fire damage  are, aside from their visual appearance, virtually harmless for the building in question. Aside from discoloration and perhaps a layer of smoke residue, these burns have done very little to degrade the material they coat. Typically, these are easy for our technicians to deal with, requiring only a thorough cleaning with professional grade detergents, hand tools, sponges, and repainting. Another issue, for a future article, explores the problems associated with smoke odors and how to eliminate their pervasiveness.
 
Smoke Staining
Some types of smoke may leave stains on various materials, especially when mixed with water. Here is where SERVPRO’s flexibility comes into play: smoke can be tough to remove without damaging many materials. To name a few materials, upholstery, wood, carpet, fabric, and tile grout all require careful attention to adequately and safely clean away the smoke. Smoke and soot can dig deep into a material, sometimes requiring thorough washing or dry cleaning to remove effectively. The nature of the smoke, whether it is wet or dry, is a key factor in utilizing correct IICRC best practices for restoration. We realize the acidic nature of this combusted residue and how pitting can harm many surfaces.

Deeper Burns
When a fire has burned around an object or surface, it usually causes both visual and structural damage. Materials are often heavily degraded or deformed, and discoloration is typically pervasive. Again, different materials can require different approaches, with flammables such as wood, fabric, and upholstery requiring especially extensive restorations or perhaps replacement.
 
SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is a local fire damage restoration company with national backing and resources. Call us as soon as possible after a fire at 256 233 4033.

Electrical Fires

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fires Electrical Fire Damage

They can begin small, but electrical fires can spread fast, especially if it is inside a socket and able to travel through the wall before you realize there is a fire. Since the way in which these fires start is unique, they also require special measures when dealing with them. Prevention is, of course, the first step, however, in case you have one in your home, you should be prepared how to react. As with any fire, if it is growing too quickly or is unsafe, evacuate you and your family and pets right away.
 
You should shut down the power source from the electrical panel to help deter more fire damage to your home. The simplest way to do this is to access the main. Be sure you know where your circuit box is and never obscure your path to it. Once the power is cut, spray the fire with a Class C chemical extinguisher. You can also use baking soda. Do not ever use water since it is a conductor and can electrocute you. Do not restore power until a licensed electrician checks your wiring.
 
SERVPRO, a licensed fire damage remediation company, can then come in to repair any damages and clean up soot and smoke left behind.
 
Basic steps can deter electrical shorts and sparks from leading to full blown blazes. Begin by not overloading circuits, maintaining electronics and appliances with care, and regularly inspecting your wiring. Exposed or frayed wires should be replaced to stop the risk of shorts. Plus, cut the power to your home so you can open and inspect outlets, looking for singles or frayed wiring which suggests an electrical problem.
 
Never leave any space heaters, stoves, or electric blankets on while you are not home, and keep a good eye on portable heating units, placing them three feet or more away from curtains and furniture. Also, put these devices on sturdy, hard surfaces to eliminate the risk of tipping over. Check your fire detectors twice a year and cut power from any appliance that begins to smell strange, smoke, or run erratically.
 
Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle damage after an electrical fire. We repair any damages, plus clean up soot and smoke, deodorize the affected area and dry up any water from firefighting efforts if necessary.
 
SERVPRO arrives at your home quickly after receiving your call for help. You can reach us anytime by dialing (256) 233 4033 so do not hesitate to call.

 

Prevent Grill Fires this Summer

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Grill Fires this Summer Grill Fire

Summer bring the peak outdoor cooking season to North America, with U.S. grill masters "reaching for their spatulas, eager to usher in the long-awaited cooking season," notes the National Fire Protection Association, which is already asking grillers to follow smart cooking safety precautions. NFPA's most recent "Home Grill Fires" report indicated three out of five households own a gas grill, and from 2009 to 2013, an annual average of 8,900 home fires involved grills, hibachis, or barbecues and almost half of all grilling injuries involved thermal burns.

 

Grilling fires peak in July in the United States, followed by May, June, and August as the months with the highest numbers.

All types of grills pose a risk for fires and burn injuries, NFPA reports, adding that 27 percent of home grill fires started on an exterior balcony or open porch; another 27 percent started in a courtyard, terrace, or patio; and 8 percent began in the kitchen. "As friends and families get ready for the grilling season, make sure the grill is working properly and review safety tips," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. "The leading causes of home grilling fires are failing to properly clean the grill or having a flammable object too close to the grill. It's also important to check the grill for damage before using it for the first time each year and then to check it regularly."

NFPA offers these tips for grilling safely:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information and resources, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.

Who To Call To Restore Items Damaged In A Fire

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who To Call To Restore Items Damaged In A Fire This is a team photo right before we were headed out to a home in Athens to restore clothes that had been burned in a fire.

Unfortunately, housefires are very common. Not only can housefires cause physical items to be damaged, but they also cause heartbreak because of the important items that get damaged due to the fire. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties has the tools to restore important items that are burned in a fire back to normal. With our cleaning equipment, we are able to make items burned in a fire appear as if they had never been burned. 


We use specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot from all over the house. We also take the time to remove odors caused from the fire and use air scrubbers to make it smell new again. We have a variety of other tools and equipment that restore all types of goods. Here are just a few items that we can restore in a home:


-clothes


-toys


-paintings and artwork


-kitchen items


-furniture


-electronics


-wooden items


-metal items


 


 

Next Steps After a Fire

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Next Steps After a Fire Let SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties help you with the next steps to take after a fire.

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties can help you take the right steps after you have experienced fire in your home or business. Here are the steps we take to restore your home:


1. Inspection and fire damage assessment (by inspecting the amount of fire,smoke, and soot damage we can determine the best plan of action)


2. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service (by boarding up damaged or missing walls, windows, and roofs, safety is more ensured for people and items in the building


3. Water removal and drying 


4. Removal and smoke and soot from all surfaces 


5. cleaning and sanitizing (yes, we are able to restore personal belongings damaged in a fire back to their original look and feel)


6. restoration


 


Call us today! (256) 233-4033

What To Do In The Event Of A Fire

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do In The Event Of A Fire Fire Damage

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.


The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.


Take these action steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire.


1. Contact your insurance company.


2. Contact your local SERVPRO.


3. Take photographs of the damage.


4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.


5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.


6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.


While a house fire is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So, remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire.  

Content Restoration After a Fire

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Content Restoration After a Fire Content Restoration

From furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible.


Key Issues



  • Contents may need to be cleaned off-site

  • Contents inventory

  • Determine replacement and restoration

  • Pack

  • Ozone treatment

  • Cleaning

  • Odor removal

  • Secure

  • Return


Contents Inventory



  • We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.

  • We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility.

  • Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded.


Contents Valuation


We have trained professionals to help you establish replacement values versus restoration costs. We are also available for pricing of non-salvable inventory items.


Restoration



  • Thorough cleaning

  • Proper handling of all electronics

  • Photographs and artwork

  • Fabrics

  • Clothes

  • Memorabilia

  • Antiques

  • Soft goods

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Appliances

  • Surfaces

  • Odor Removal


If you've experienced a fire and need help restoring your contents, call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties. 256-233-4033

Athens, AL Limestone County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Athens, AL Limestone County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Athens, AL Home.

 

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 256-233-4033

Fire Damage in Athens, AL

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Athens, AL A grease fire in the kitchen was the source of this fire cleanup job in Athens, AL. We completely cleaned this home until there was no soot left.

SERVPRO Of Limestone and Lawrence Counties has the expertise, training, and experience to handle your fire damaged home or office!

Our teams of experts has over 50 years of fire restoration experience and we are here to help when you need us the most! 

Our company is able to handle every aspect of your fire damage claim in Athens, AL from communicating with your insurance company, moving out your contents for cleaning, painting, demolition, and reconstruction to even your laundry. 

Our state of the art eSporta Laundry Wash System has been specifically designed to get your clothing looking their best even after being tarnished with smoke and soot from a fire.

It doesn't matter if the smoke came from a kitchen fire, electrical fire, grease fire, or a lightning strike. Our team of experts can handle the claim from start to finish. No need to wait on getting on any other contractor's schedule and waiting to get your life back to normal. We can make your fire loss "like it never even happened".

Give us a call at SERVPRO (256) 233-4033!

Has a Fire Damaged your Clothing?? SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help!

3/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Has a Fire Damaged your Clothing?? SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help! Esporta IS4000 Laundry Machine

We are excited to announce that we have just acquired an Esporta Wash System and will now be providing soft contents restoration to our clients. SERVPRO strives to be a one-stop shop and with the addition of our newest laundry division we are now able to make that claim. The Esporta wash system uses patented technology to restore moldy, biohazard, smoke damaged soft content items such as shoes, handbags, clothing, draperies, and hats to pre loss condition.

Now that we are armed with the Esporta iS4000, we are capable of cleaning 2X more than ordinary dry cleaners!

The Esporta iS4000 cleans 90% of all damaged soft contents. These soft contents include the homeowners clothing, bedding, outerwear, pillows and stuffed animals. It includes leather items such as shoes, boots, belts, purses and jackets. Plus the full range of sports equipment, helmets, rollerblades & ski boots. Even ceramic collector dolls can be held stationary for cleaning.

The Esporta Wash System is capable of cleaning soot, sewage, water damage and bio-contamination.

If your home business has experienced a fire or water damage, give SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties a call at 256-233-4033! We can make it "Like it never even happened."

Sandblasting Damaged Brick

3/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sandblasting Damaged Brick Clean area of smoke damaged brick home as a result of a fire.

Athens residents. If you have a fire at your home and have smoke damage to your bricks, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can help! We recently sandblasted this customer's home to remove the soot from the brick. The customer was very happy with the results and we were able to save the insurance company a lot of money by restoring instead of replacing!

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is also able to dry ice blast or soda blast your smoke damaged brick if sandblasting is too abrasive for your particular situation. Dry ice blasting is a great solution to your media blasting needs, and the cleanup is quick and easy!

If you have smoke damage at your home:

Call SERVPRO 256-233-4033 We are always here to help!

Our trained technicians are have lots of experience restoring homes to "Like it never even happened."

Burning Leaves

10/23/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Burning Leaves Burning leaves

With fall upon us, the question of the safety of burning leaves comes up.  Leaves pile up and bagging them for the city to take away can be a hassle.  Despite the inconvenience, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence recommends that you should not burn leaves.  Burning leaves can cause problems to an individuals’ heath as well as damage to the environment.

When leaves are burned, they can release several gasses and particulates that are hazardous to human health.  There is moisture in leaves, which cause them to burn slowly and release soot, dust and other solid materials into the air.  These items, if breathed in, can cause respiratory problems.  Gasses that are released can also cause problems in the bloodstream if inhaled.

The particulates released into the air by burning can cause a serious drop in air quality.  Multiple leaf fires in an area greatly increase this risk.

An easy solution to burning that is actually beneficial to the environment is composting.  By composting leaves, a great soil conditioning agent is created!

For more information please visit the EPA’s website

For help with a fire loss at your home or business,

Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties at (256) 233-4033